Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Tasmania, Australia
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Record Description
Record Type Civil Registration
Collection years 1803-1933
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Related Websites
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Tasmanian Archives


What is in This Collection?

These records include civil registrations of baptisms, births, marriages, deaths, and burials in Tasmania, Australia. Original records are kept in the Archives Office of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia.

At first, civil registration required the clergy to make copies of marriage, baptism, and burial records. These records are known as civil transcripts of church records. Because churches were involved in early civil registration, it is difficult to clearly distinguish between civil registration and church records. About 1856, the responsibility for civil registration was placed in the hands of government employees independent of the church. Civil registration then required people to report all births, marriages, and deaths to a civil registrar.

When civil registration first began, there was no common standard of recording information. Later records generally give more complete information than earlier ones.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration, 1803-1933.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The information in these records usually include the following:

Baptism

  • Name of child
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Names of parents
  • Residence
  • Father’s Occupation
  • Gender

Birth

  • Name of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Name and surname of father
  • Name and Maiden name of Mother
  • Father’s occupation
  • Date of registration

Marriage

  • Name of bride and groom
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Occupation of groom
  • Names of witnesses

Death

  • Name of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Cause of death
  • Date of registration

Burial

  • Name of deceased
  • Last residence
  • Date of burial
  • Age at burial
  • Occupation of deceased

Collection Content

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of parents
  • Approximate year of birth or baptism
  • Place
  • Name of bride or groom
  • Approximate year of marriage
  • Name of deceased
  • Approximate year of death

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

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  2. Select Record Type
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How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Search for death records
  • Search for death or burial information in the BillionGraves Index or at Find A Grave
  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname
  • Search the records of nearby areas

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname
  • Search the records of nearby areas
  • Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
    • A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband

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Known Issues With This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration, 1803-1933." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 26 August 2016. Archives Office of Tasmania, Hobart.
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